4:00 came early. As I was laying in my bag thinking about getting up and going, I heard an elk bugle. Its a bit early in the season for that, and I contemplated whether it might be a hunter practicing or not. I heard it two more times before I decided I better get packed and moving. One of the bad things about my gear is the time it takes to pack, it was pretty much an hour, plus a little time brushing my teeth and otherwise getting ready for the coming day. About 5:30 I was loaded up and heading out to Deerlodge for fuel.
It was cold!! The day before I had seen 90F on the bikes dash thermometer, but this morning was hovering around 30F. I hadn't packed warm gear, because I was expecting warm weather. When I got to Deerlodge to fuel up, I spent some time adjusting my gear and getting warmed up. Finally I stopped shivering and loaded up and drove down I-90 to Anaconda, and then headed west towards Skalkaho Pass.
I had been over this pass with the Interceptor before, but it is a pretty route and worth riding again. On the road out to the pass the morning sunlight was hitting the peaks and I had to stop and try to take a picture.